Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park is one of the places I tried to get to this past January as I’ve heard it’s spectacular in the winter. Speaking to the rangers, the trail was pretty unsafe when we were there and definitely not appropriate for kids (and we were travelling with the kids). The rangers told us it was pretty easy for someone to slip and just go shooting off into the canyon if they weren’t careful. Not wanting to lose the children, we decided to take a pass.
During the summer however, the whole area is much more accessible. Hiking trails, fences, etc. all make it safe for the whole family. There are even multiple access points for people who don’t want the long hikes. You can arrive at the top of the canyon or at the bottom. The path goes from bridge to bridge starting from “1st Bridge” and working down through “6th Bridge” and beyond. Each bridge offers great vantage points from which to view the cascading Maligne River as it wends it ways down through the canyon.